Graunt R. Kruger, Ph.D.

CEO, Intellidex USA Inc.

Graunt is CEO of Intellidex USA and global head of strategy research across the multi-country business. Intellidex is a specialist financial services research firm with offices in Johhannesburg, London and Boston. Graunt has an extensive background in financial services product innovation and research and has worked for several financial services businesses. He is the former Head of Enterprise Development at Standard Bank, a specialist finance unit created to facilitate access to finance for black-owned small businesses in corporate value chains. Prior to that, he was Head of Cell Phone Banking, one of the low cost channels Standard Bank created to extend banking services to under- and unbanked segments of South Africa.

Graunt recently lead a major study of BEE foundations that were established in terms of South Africa’s BEE programme, gaining extensive insight into efforts to widen BEE participation. Graunt also consults on financial wellness, and efforts in product innovation to improve the financial health of South African financial services clients.

He is also a part time academic at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Graunt was educated at Rhodes University, the London School of Economics and the University of the Witwatersrand. He holds an MSc from the LSE and MBA and PhD in banking and finance from Wits Business School.

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